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    Old Bembe Glass Trade Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of glass beads from Africa, originally made in Bohemia for the African Trade. Each strand measures about 25", with b...

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    Black Talhakimt Pendants (Set of 5)

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    Talhakimt pendants similar to this were exported to West Africa for the bead trade throughout the course of the 20th century. Originally produced i...

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    Vintage Red White Heart Tube Beads (5x3mm)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of red color white heart beads, in a hard-to-find tube shape! White hearts derive their name from the inner core of ...

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    White Talhakimt Pendants (Set of 5)

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    Talhakimt pendants similar to this were exported to West Africa for the bead trade throughout the course of the 20th century. Originally produced i...

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    Vintage White Semi-Translucent Czech Glass Beads (24x7mm)

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    Take a moment to appreciate this striking strand of Vintage Semi-Translucent Czech Glass Beads. This style of bead making was originally created in...

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    Red Talhakimt Pendants (Set of 5)

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    Red Bohemian Glass Oval Beads (9x7mm)

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    The rich red beads are made from quality Czech Glass. During the heyday of glass bead-making, the workshops of Bohemia produced high quality beads ...

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    Multicolor Talhakimt Pendants (Set of 10)

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    Talhakimt pendants similar to this were exported to West Africa for the bead trade throughout the course of the 20th century. Originally produced i...

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    Old Bohemian Glass Round Red Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of round glass from Africa, originally made in Czechoslovakia for African Trade. This strand measures about 24", wit...

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    Green Talhakimt Pendants (Set of 5)

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    Talhakimt pendants similar to this were exported to West Africa for the bead trade throughout the course of the 20th century. Originally produced i...

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    Yellow Talhakimt Pendants (Set of 5)

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    Talhakimt pendants similar to this were exported to West Africa for the bead trade throughout the course of the 20th century. Originally produced i...

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    Cobalt Blue Talhakimt Pendants (Set of 5)

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    Mango Orange Star Snake Beads

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from t...

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    Old Red Bohemian Cube Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of glass beads from Africa, originally made in Czechoslovakia for African Trade. This strand measures about 26", wit...

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    Yellow Glass Snake Beads (6mm, Long Strand)

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    Snake beads are vintage African trade beads originally produced in Czechoslovakia and exported to West Africa. The shape of these beads is inspired...

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    Red Graduated Medley Vintage Czech Glass Beads

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    Exceptional strand of graduated vintage Czech Beads. This strand consists of an assortment of red beads including rare varieties of Prosser beads, ...

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    Old Bohemian Glass Red Oval Beads (14x12mm)

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    These old czech glass beads are commonly referred to as "bembe beads" by African traders. Their age is apparent in the imperfections and texture on...

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    Bohemian Colodonte Beads (Vintage White)

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    Admire these authentic vintage glass beads, manufactured in Czechoslovakia in the mid-20th century and traded in West Africa since. Each bead measu...

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    Bohemian Colodonte Beads (Black)

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    Colodonte is a type of bohemian glass. This strand measures approximately 27" long, with beads measuring 15-16mm wide by 13-14mm diameter.

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    Old Red Cylinder Tomato Beads

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    Wow! These red beads are a beauty and tough to find. Like their cousins the rounded tomato beads, these old cylinder-shaped beads are also found in...

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    Bohemian Colodonte Beads (White)

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    Colodonte is a type of bohemian glass. This strand measures approximately 28-30 inches long, with beads measuring 14-16mm in length. A couple beads...

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    Old Dark Amber Vaseline Cube Beads

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    Admire this highly rare color of antique, cornerless cube Czech vaseline beads. Most commonly found in green, red, and yellow alternatives, Vaselin...

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    Old Bohemian Coffee Bean Wedding Glass Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of glass beads from Africa, originally made in czechoslovakia for African Trade. This long strand measures about 26-...

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    Old Bohemian Glass Red Oval Beads (16x14mm)

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Czech Beads encompass a wide range of versatile styles still used in modern jewelry making. With their exuberant colors and chunky aesthetics, Bohemian Colodonte Beads are particularly popular among contemporary artisans, whom often use them as accents or spacers for larger focal beads. Imbued with powerful magical and healing properties, Fulani Funeral Beads still play a prominent part in the rituals and ceremonies of Ghanaian tribespeople – many of whom believe that these beads will aid their loved ones financially in the afterlife. Second to Venice, Old Bohemia was one of the world's leading countries for mass glass bead manufacturing during the trans-Mediterranean trading era. Czech Beads collectively define a wide range of bead styles produced by glasshouses in Czechoslovakia between the 15th and 19th Centuries. Unlike the elaborate styles produced by experimental glass-blowers in Venice, Czech Trade Beads were far simpler in style – often replications of the stone and African snake beads worn as amulets by the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Czech Beads have a varied history, and one which was largely impacted by the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century. Glass-making in North Bohemia's started out as a cottage industry, but with the introduction of machine pressing techniques, rapidly transformed into a mass production industry that would eventually rival that of Venice. New techniques allowed for greater uniformity when producing African replicas, and because most factories used molds, there was greater control over placement of the threading hole. It's for this reason that many Czech Snake Beads produced prior to the 19th Century are significantly more expensive than their modern day counterparts.